8 Place to be in Berlin
Berlin has many landmarks, which are very interesting. Like Brandenburger Tor, the Fernsehturm and the Bundestag (or Reichstag). But Berlin has much more to offer, if you know where to look. We show the 8 place to be in Berlin.
The 8 Hidden Gems of Berlin:
Berliners love to drink beer. And back in the days, they liked brewing them as well. Berlin had a lot of breweries, such as the Pfefferberg, Willner Brauerei and the Kulturbrauerei. A lot of them are all transformed into cultural hubs. But not all Berlin breweries. The beautiful lookalike of Kulturbrauerei, the Barenquell Brauerei, is abandoned.
We also take you deeper into the history of Berlin by showing you where the GDR leaders used to live. Walk with us to the Majakowskiring where the GDR elite stayed in big houses. You can still see in which villa’s the GDR leaders used to stay. We will take you there and tell you all about the history of these strange villa’s, a long walk away from Berlin’s city centre.
After the 1953 uprising the GDR leaders felt very uncomfortable living to close to the centre of Berlin. They took off to Wandlitz, just outside Berlin, where they lived with a large wall around the premises. The people of the GDR all thought the GDR leaders lived in Wandlitz, surrounded by gold and luxury. We will show you what life really was like for the leaders of the GDR at this weird, walled sector just outside Berlin.
Near the river Spree is East Germany’s biggest amusement park. In ruins. Back in the seventies children screamed and had a lot of fun in the theme park. But now, it is awfully quiet. The whitewater course is covered in a layer of crumbled autumn leaves. The dinosaurs are daubed with graffiti and some missing a head or leg. The Ferris wheel moves slowly in the wind.
Watergods with big bellies, turtles, octopusses and big fish all swim over the facade of Stadtbad Prenzlauer Berg. But the stone angels are turning green because they have been lying on the wet ground for so long. The swimmingpool Stadtbad Prenzlauer Berg at Oderbergerstrasse used to be loved, but now it is in ruins.
Friedrichshain is RAW. Raw because the district is rough and full of ragged buildings and alternative people. But also Raw because of the R.A.W. gelande, an area near the river Spree. The former factory is in ruins. But that doesn’t mean nothing is happening anymore. You will find great graffiti here and Berlin’s creative people.
The river Spree doesn’t look very attractive to go swimming. But in Treptow you will see people near the Spree shore. Not to dive in the brown river water. But to visit the Badeschiff in Treptow. A large swimming pool that is situated in the river Spree. Imagine the views you have on the river. Even in the wintertime it is great to go here to poodle or go as fast as you can in this pool.
Beer brewer Emil Willner created the Willner Brauerei with remarkable red and yellow stones around 1860. For a long time wheat beers came rattling out of this plant. Until 1990 when the place was abandoned. Recently this Sleeping Beaty has woken up again and she bursts with creativity.